My first blog post ! I have all the feelings juxtaposed inside of me. I’m a nervous wreck but super happy and hopeful as this feels like my calling! I thought and thought time and again, tore many a pages from my diary. What should I write about in my first blog? Would it be impressive enough? Am I doing justice to the shoots? I’m already joining the band wagon pretty late! Will today’s learned readers have time & love for my work in their busy lives? In today’s fleeting world, will I have few loyal critics. All this was messing my head ,so I closed the diary, shut down the computer & went out for a stroll to clear my head. A breath of fresh air did real good to me. A sense of calm achieved, I realised that the first thing that brought me to setup my own blog was to have a place where I can be unapologetically me. I wanted to share my persona in the truest sense with the like-minded people. Then why these doubts? They have no place in mind.
So, here I am, pretty confident & transparent with my first fashion blog post. I bring to you what comes easily to me.
My momma has been the benchmark I always wanted to achieve. I’m her shadow and that’s who I want to be. So, the first garment I wanted to style on my blog
1. had to be something from my momma & my mommyland,
2. had to be a piece with Indian hand-work,
3. had to tell a story,
4. had to be my most favourite one,
5. had to be a style that reflected my persona.
So, I chose a Saree; my quintessential go-to traditional outfit forever. This one is a Kashmiri Pure Chinon fabric, a must-have in all wardrobes and trousseau’s of J&K women. A bottle green six yards of sheer elegance with mukaish hand-work (fardi, badla work of shiny dots on the fabric, though nawabi, lucknowi art form but zealously pursued in J&K), perfect for this season, neither too heavy nor too casual.
Currently my favourite and most prized possession, I had thrown a huge tantrum back then when momma gave me the news that she had given a Saree for dyeing and hand-work and that one day it would be a part of my wedding trousseau. I don’t know what got over me and I started finding faults with the choice of colour, work and the fact that if it was for me, then, I should have been the one to choose. To my surprise, when the final product arrived in my momma’s hand, and she unveiled it, I was AMAZED!! It was the perfect shade of green I liked, perfect amount of work and an easy-breezy light weight fabric. Nevertheless, I had to maintain my annoyed-daughter-face, and still looked for excuses to not approve of the Saree. Why do you think I was behaving the way I Was?
I tried to hurt my momma’s emotions that day of which I repent till date. I thought many a times then, that why I behaved the way I behaved. A teenage girl wouldn’t understand the complexities of her own growing self but today, that girl is a woman; her reflections more clearer, her emotions more sorted. Today I understand that the fact that, the word wedding trousseau triggered many unknown emotions inside me that day. The first one being, my momma is going to give me away one day. Rest were all excuses.
So folks, I have styled this important piece of my life in two ways.
First, I have styled this Saree with a plain magenta raw silk choli/crop-top; with an intention to make the look not so heavy and to let the Saree do all the talking. I embellished this look with silver metallic jewellery; a chunky peacock neck-piece, and lotus jhumkis. A smokey blackish-green eye makeup and pink lips; and let my hair the most natural way I keep. Also, for the cover shoot of my blog i styled this same look with a gorgeous pink and white double-shade stole of kasmiri aari work from my collection.
My second look comprises of the same Saree paired with a very quirky, trendy, urban white off-shoulders, bell-sleeved top with my most favourite mangoes print on it (mango being the king flavour of the season).
I embellished this bold look with a gorgeous metallic belt (my favourite accessory in my wardrobe) and continued to team it with the lotus jhumkis.I tied my hair in a basic bun and a satin clutch sling to complete the look.
Magenta Raw Silk Crop Top/Choli : Kainaat Studios Jaipur
Mango Print Off Shoulders : Myntra
Saree : My Personal Wardrobe Collection
Footwear : Catwalk
Jewellery : Silver Palace Mumbai
Please drop your comments and suggestions about my post and the styling. It would mean a lot. Let me know if you would like to read more such stories on my blog.